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Hexanal Test

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    $205 per analysis

  • Turnaround time

    7 - 9 Business Days

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Hexanal Test

Technical data sheet


Method description

A homogenous portion of the sample is mixed with water containing an internal standard. It is heated in a heating block for a specified amount of time, after which a sample of the headspace over the mixture is taken and injected into the gas chromatograph. The hexanal released into the headspace is quantitated via comparison of the hexanal gas’s chromatographic response to that of the internal standard.

Acceptable matrices

This method is applicable to cereals, snacks (wheat, oat, rice and corn), dressings, and frostings.

Unacceptable matrices

Extremely volatile oil and fats, granola, fiber/fiber blends including oat fiber, icing or piping frosting, deli meat, meat alternative, high fat samples

Limit of quantitation

0.3 - 50 ppm


Gas Chromatograph with Flame Ionization Detection

Method reference

Internally Developed Method

Reportable unit


Sample size requirements

3 g

Information required by submitter

The sample must be kept cool/cold to minimize fatty acid oxidation.

Additional information

Hexanal is a by-product of fatty acid oxidation and this method measures the amount of hexanal in food products and ingredients. Therefore, this gives a measurement of the level of oxidative rancidity for oil in a food product.

*Prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Common Hexanal Test Testing Questions

While our sales and customer service team are happy to answer general testing questions, consultations typically start at a rate of $250 per 30 minutes regarding the interpretation of reported test results or questions about our test methods. We cannot consult on regulations, tolerance limits, or claims.

We make every effort to keep our methods and detection limits up to date according to the latest standards and qualifications. If you have any questions regarding the limit of detection/quantification or method references, please contact our Customer Service team at 1-800-245-5615.

Our standard turnaround time is 10 business days for most assays. There are some assays that require a longer turnaround time. We also offer a RUSH service that is half the time of the standard turnaround time of the assay at double the cost of the assay. A few assays that we provide cannot be rushed due to the nature of the test. Please check the specific assay you are interested in regarding the ability to RUSH the turnaround time.

Medallion Labs, a division of General Mills, offers multiple areas of expertise for analytical testing and product evaluation for the food and ingredient industry. Our areas of expertise include Chemical Analysis, Nutritional Analysis, Food Safety, Shelf Life Studies, Microbiology, Specialty Fibers, Physical Testing, Allergen Testing, as well as Product Evaluation (which includes Product Performance and Sensory Evaluation) and Technical Consulting/Method Development. Our methods are developed for the testing of food products and ingredients.

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